Malawi Wins Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa

Malawi yet again proves its dedication to wildlife development with conservationist Brighton Kumchedwa winning the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa.

Brighton has dedicated his life to conserving Malawi's wildlife and has spent his entire career within the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), starting as a Parks Officer before and working his way up to his current position of Director of DNPW. Brighton holds an MA Environment & Socio-Economic Development.

Brighton was instrumental in negotiating the agreement for African Parks to manage Liwonde and Nkhotakota National Parks, which were suffering from significant poaching and lack of investment. This was a game-changing decision and Brighton will continue to provide strategic leadership through his position on the African Parks Malawi Board. In 2014 Brighton commissioned the region's first Illegal Wildlife Trade Review. Recognising that Malawi is now southern Africa's major illegal wildlife trade route, he has worked tirelessly and in less than three years has personally secured Presidential commitment to fight wildlife crime; led the development of Malawi's new Wildlife Act (with some of the toughest penalties in Africa); established the Inter-Agency Committee for Combating Wildlife Crime, a model for the region, and supported the Malawi Parliamentary Conservation Caucus.

Malawi has seen the translocation of 500 elephants into Nkhotakota this year and will also see the arrival of over 1,500 other animals to help repopulate the whole park. Rangers in Nkhotakota have been ensuring the safety of all the animals being moved there. An enormous amount of planning and care has gone into these translocation projects – from overhauling law enforcement to make their new home safe from poachers, to ensuring the individual well being of each and every animal. Malawi really is leading the way.

As well as having superb lake, landscape, culture, and recent transformations of its wildlife, Malawi's safari experiences are now starting to match its other attractions, offering the ideal opportunity to experience real Africa.

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